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Toxic Substances Control Act:/Environmental Council of the States Comments: Chemical Data Reporting/Requirements for Inorganic...

The Environmental Council of the States (“ECOS”) submitted December 11th comments to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) on: Chemical Data Reporting: Requirements for Inorganic Byproduct Chemical...more

Regional Haze: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Announces Approval of Louisiana State Implementation Plan

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a December 15th news release announcing approval of the State of Louisiana’s Clean Air Act Regional Haze State Implementation Plan (“SIP”). ...more

Formaldehyde Rule: Sierra Club Files Federal District Court Lawsuit Challenging U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Compliance...

Earthjustice filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California on behalf of Sierra Club and A Community Voice – Louisiana (collectively “Sierra Club”) challenging a United States...more

Wastewater Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Hot Springs, Arkansas Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and Westwood Village Sewer Facilities Board (“Board”) entered into an October 23rd Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) addressing alleged violations of a Clean Water...more

Energy Newsletter - December 2017

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Environmental Citizen Suits—A Growing Trend Under the Trump Administration - In his first year in office, President Trump has begun to deliver on his campaign promise of rolling back environmental regulations—from the...more

New Source Review/Clean Air Act: December 7th U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Memorandum Addressing...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Administrator E. Scott Pruitt issued a December 7th guidance memorandum titled: New Source Review Preconstruction Permitting Requirements: Enforceability and Use of...more

Funding/Clean Air Act: National Association of Clean Air Agencies December 5th Recommendation to Senate and House Appropriations...

The National Association of Clean Air Agencies (“NACAA”) submitted a December 5th letter to the Chairmen and ranking members of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees in regards to the Omnibus Appropriation Bill for...more

Waters of the United States/Clean Water Act: Association of State Wetland Managers Comments on Jurisdictional Definition

The Association of State Wetland Managers (“ASWM”) submitted November 28th comments on the Clean Water Act definition of “waters of the United States” (“WOTUS”). The November 28th comments were submitted in response to the...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2017 #2

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Lawsuit challenges President’s authority to shrink Bears Ears National Monument - The Salt Lake Tribune - Dec 7 A coalition of American Indian tribes, recreation interests including the outdoor clothing manufacturer...more

Air Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Faulkner County, Arkansas Steel Tire Cord Manufacturing Facility...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Tokusen U.S.A., Inc. (“TI”) entered into a November 13th Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) addressing alleged violations of an air permit. See LIS No. 17-099. The CAO...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2017

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Focus - Groups file lawsuit to undo Trump administration’s approval of Cadiz project - San Bernardino Sun - Nov 28 Three conservation and health safety groups on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the...more

US: Supreme Court hears argument on constitutionality of inter partes review

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On November 27, 2017, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that will determine the constitutionality of inter partes review, a proceeding before the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and...more

FERC Enforcement Releases 2017 Annual Report

• On November 16, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released its 11th annual Report on Enforcement, detailing the agency’s Enforcement activities in 2017. • Key highlights are that Enforcement priorities were...more

FERC Ramps Up Investigations Amid Leadership Change

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On November 16, 2017, the Office of Enforcement (OE) at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the Commission) released its annual Report on Enforcement. The report contains data on investigative and enforcement...more

Arkansas Environmental Personnel Moves (Update): Former Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Director Teresa Marks,...

Former Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) Director Teresa Marks is now serving as Chief Deputy Director of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (“DPR”). Ms. Marks was appointed to the...more

Centuries of Precedent are Little Help as IPR Constitutionality Divides Justices

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This morning the Supreme Court heard arguments in the heavily anticipated case of Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC on the question of whether AIA trials at the patent office, such as inter partes...more

Underground Storage Tank Enforcement: Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission Administrative Law Judge Order Addressing...

Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) Charles Moulton issued a November 15th Order addressing a Notice of Violation (“NOV”) by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - November 2017 #3

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Focus - High-speed rail authority says environmental reviews won't be completed until 2020 - Los Angeles Times - Nov 15 The California High-Speed Rail Authority announced Tuesday evening that it would not meet its...more

Wastewater Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Pangburn, Arkansas Enter into Consent Administrative...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and the City of Pangburn, Arkansas (“City”) entered into a Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) addressing alleged Clean Water Act National Pollution Discharge...more

U.S. EPA Environmental Appeals Board: Fairhaven, Massachusetts Petition Challenging NPDES Permit Nitrogen Limit

The Town of Fairhaven, Massachusetts (“Fairhaven”) filed an October 27th Petition for Review before the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Environmental Appeals Board (“EAB”). Fairhaven is challenging...more

Senate Confirms David Zatezalo to Head MSHA

By a vote of 52-46, on November 15, 2017, the United States Senate confirmed David G. Zatezalo to be the new Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health. Zatezalo takes the position last held by Joseph A. Main, former...more

Voluntary Disclosure/Multi-Media Enforcement: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Clean Energy Production Company Enter into...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) published a Notice in the Federal Register announcing a Consent Agreement (“CA”) with ENEL Green Power North America, Inc. (“EGP”) resolving alleged violations of...more

Animal Waste Emissions from Large Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations: EPA, under the guns of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...

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Introduction - Let me be Captain Obvious here. When the title is that long, the topic, including its context and history, is convoluted. Let’s start at the end, work our way toward the beginning, and come full circle. On...more

Big River Steel, LLC (Osceola, Ark.) Title V Permit Challenge: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency October 31st Order Denying...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Administrator issued an October 31st Order responding to a 2013 Petition from Nucor Steel – Arkansas and Nucor-Yamato Steel Company (collectively, “Nucor”) objecting...more

Courts Stay Pipeline Construction

In the past week, the D.C. Circuit and Second Circuit have stayed pipeline construction on the Atlantic Sunrise and Valley Lateral Projects, respectively, following challenges to FERC orders allowing the projects to proceed. ...more

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